Side Effects of Zymex

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A main clutches his stomach in pain. (Image: Wavebreakmedia Ltd/Lightwavemedia/Getty Images)

Zymex is a supplement meant to help encourage the growth of healthy bacteria, or probiotics, in your intestines while discouraging unhealthy bacteria. It's made mainly with wheat germ, lactose, beets and Spanish moss, so it doesn't have many potential side effects unless you are allergic or have a food intolerance to one of these ingredients.

Allergy Potential and Other Considerations

If you're allergic to wheat, taking Zymex could cause allergy symptoms including itchiness, hives, nausea, sneezing, vomiting, headaches or difficulty breathing and anaphylaxis. People who are lactose-intolerant may experience diarrhea, abdominal pain, gas, bloating or nausea if they take Zymex. Those with celiac disease should avoid taking Zymex because it contains gluten and could worsen celiac disease symptoms, such as irritability, depression, abdominal pain and diarrhea. There is a possibility the Spanish moss in Zymex may increase the blood sugar-lowering effects of medications used to treat diabetes. Therefore, people with diabetes should speak with their doctor before taking Zymex.

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